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Edina uses big second period to beat Blake in Class 2A, Section 6 semifinal

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine, 02/23/19, 1:00PM CST


Two quick goals from Mason Nevers and Liam Malmquist helped catapult the Hornets into the section title game.

Edina's Liam Malmquist carries the puck into the offensive zone against Blake. Malmquist had two goals in the Hornets' 4-2 victory over the Bears. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Edina's Mason Nevers battles Blake's Tristan Broz in the faceoff circle Saturday in the Class 2A Section 6 semifinal. Nevers had a goal and an assist in the Hornets' 4-2 victory. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First came the Carlsons and the Fretlands. Then the Hankinsons — Peter, Ben and Casey. More recently, there have been the Eversons, Nannes and Walkers.

Edina’s hockey bloodlines are among the best in the state. It’s no coincidence its teams are, too. The latest legendary combination of brothers is the Malmquists, with senior forward Liam the final in a trio of high-scoring forwards that started with Dylan, one of the Hornets’ all-time scoring leaders, giving way to super sniper Garrett.

Edina coach Curt Giles, who has had at least one Malmquist on his team since 2011, isn’t much for first names when it comes to identifying the brothers. 

“I just call them Malmquist,” he said. 

“Malmquist” had another superb game Saturday, scoring twice to lead the top-seeded Hornets, who are ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A state coaches' poll, past No. 4 seed Blake 4-2 in a Class 2A, Section 6 semifinal at Bloomington Ice Garden.

Liam, at 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, is the smallest of the brothers, but he plays a sizable game.

“This one here, he’s got great finishing touch, he handles the puck really, really well, sees the ice extremely well,” Giles said. "He’s a competitor, too.”

First Report

Edina’s Mason Nevers and Liam Malmquist scored 49 seconds apart in the second period to propel No. 1 seeded Hornets past unranked and No. 4 seeded Blake 4-2 on Saturday in a Class 2A, Section 6 semifinal at Bloomington Ice Garden.

The goals from Nevers and Malmquist came from close range as Edina (23-2-1) sustained heavy pressure on the Bears and goaltender Aksel Reid for much of the second, earning a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-1 lead. The goal was Malmquist’s 25th of the season, second most among the Hornets, ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A state coaches' poll. 

Nevers bumped his season total to 18 with a third-period goal, banging a loose puck into an empty net to put the Hornets ahead 3-1.

Blake’s Tristan Broz capped the scoring with a goal with 1:16 left. 

Blake (17-8-2) opened the scoring in the first period on a power-play goal by Joe Miller. Stationed to the left of Edina goaltender Louden Hogg, Miller one-timed a hard pass through the slot from Tristan Broz 6:56 into the period. 

Edina’s Jason Reiners tied it at 1 with 8:04 left in the first period when he took a face-off win from Brett Chorske and snapped a shot high into the right corner of the net. The goal was the second of the season for Reiners, a senior defenseman who also scored in Edina’s 7-0 section quarterfinal victory over Hopkins.

Reid finished with 28 saves while Edina’s Louden Hogg had 14.

Blake goalie Aksel Reid stretches for a glove save in the first period against Edina. The Bears fell to the Hornets 4-2 their Class 2A, Section 6 semifinal game. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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